| 8th November 2011
Nissan has revealed a new supercar for 2012, the newly improved Nissan GT-R.
The new model offers more power with improvements to the engine, chassis and transmission. It also has new asymmetric suspension which compensates for greater weight on the driver's side.
This improvement to RHD versions improves things like responsiveness, smoothness and cornering stability.
The new Nissan GT-R's engine will offer better fuel economy of 24mpg. This may not be the main purpose of a supercar, but will mean more driving can be had for less money at the pump - something everybody can appreciate.
However, the engine also gives 'a significant rise' in engine power output to 550PS, according to Nissan. This increase in power is due to things like improved exhaust cooling and reduced air flow resistance.
The newly designed body has reinforced areas around the rear part of the engine which gives the car more responsive, therefore better handling.
With its interior the GT-R looks a lot more sophisticated than previous versions with the instruments being highlighted with blue lighting and some new materials for the seats and dash.
A rear view camera device is also standard on all models which will make things like reversing easier. An impressive enhanced sound system that delivers greater sound quality has also been added.
A track based version of the Nissan GT-R is being planned for the UK for drivers who want a track biased driving experience, the legal way to really test the performance of the supercar.
New Nissan GT-R factfile
When is the Nissan GT-R on sale?
The Nissan GT-R is on sale early in 2012
How quick is it?
An expected 0-60mph time from the 3.8-litre V6 engine is expected to be under three seconds and as top speed should be in the region of 200mph.
How much will the Nissan GT-R cost?
The previous the generation was in the region of £70,000 and this is expected to rise to close to £75,000. In short, not cheap.
What else can I buy for that price?
The new 2012 Porsche 911 will cost in the region of £71,000 and comes with instantly recognisable 911 styling and 34-plus-mpg. However, it is also nearly 1.5 seconds slower to 60mph than the Nissan.